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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 5
First page : (509) Last page : (514)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5876

Natural Fibre Composites- An Opportunity for Farmers

Sandeep Bhardwaj1 and Rupali Sharma2*
1Assistant Professor, Section of Basic Engg., COAE&T, CCSHAU, Hisar-125004
2Research Associate, Department of Horticulture, CCSHAU, Hisar-125004
*Corresponding Author E-mail:bhasandeep@gmail.com
Received: 5.09.2017  |  Revised: 7.10.2017   |  Accepted: 13.10.2017  


Previously farmers have limited choice to earn, only edible and cash crops were grown and used. But nowadays other plantations excluding cash crops offer a better alternative to earn their livelihood. The idea of combining two or more different materials resulting in a new material with improved properties exists from ages. Fibre is a unit of matter characterisedby flexibility, fineness and a high ratio of length to thickness. Because fibres have a high surface to volume ratio, they can be extremely strong materials.The composite materials have the combined advantages of each individual material. For time immemorial, man has been using fibres along with a binder or matrix for stronger materials. The usage of plant fibres for strengthening and preventing bricks and pottery from cracking were practisedby the Pharaohs of Egypt and the ancient Incan and Mayan civilisations.  The natural fibres used due to its low cost, high specific modulus, lightweight, lower energy requirement means less wear and tear in processing, wide availability, biodegradability and resistance to deforestation. The use of natural fibres as a reinforcing agent in both thermoset and thermoplastic polymer composites gained inroads from automotive, aerodynamic to biomedical engineering materials.

Key words: Natural Fibre, Composites, Farmers, Engineered Materials, Plant Fibre

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Cite this article: Bhardwaj, S. and Sharma, R., Natural Fibre Composites- an Opportunity for Farmers, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci. 5(5): 509-514(2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5876